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5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

Are you planning a trip with your best furry, four-legged or feathered friend? Before you go, it’s important to plan ahead and always keep their best interests in mind. Use these five tips to help ensure a safe, comfortable — and fun — journey for everybody!

1. Get Them Used to Their Carrier

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, keeping your pet appropriately restrained is safer for both them and you. In a car, larger dog breeds can be restrained by a pet-friendly seatbelt. But for airlines, your pet almost always needs a hard-sided carrier. Soft-sided pet carriers are only okay if your pet is small enough to fit under the cabin seat.
Any carrier should be big enough that your pet has enough room to stand naturally, turn around and lie down. If you’re going to be separated from your pet at all, clearly label the carrier with their name and your travel contact information.
Don’t wait to introduce the carrier or car seatbelt just before your trip: Give your pet plenty of time to get used to it beforehand by taking short trips, or by leaving the carrier in the house with the door open so your pet can wander freely in and out. Use plenty of treats, praise, and short trials to make sure your pet associates the seatbelt, carrier, or car rides with positive things.

2. Time Food and Bathroom Breaks

A little strategic scheduling will help keep your pet comfortable: Start by feeding them four to six hours before flying, so they have time to toilet and won’t have to deal with an uncomfortably full stomach during the flight.
If you’re traveling by car, keep your pet’s feeding schedule as regular as possible. Also make sure they have opportunities to toilet first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after every meal.

3. Check Ahead for Pet-Friendliness

Some hotels accept pets graciously, while others assess extra fees, and yet others may turn your pet away at the door. Some may also have specific rules like breed or size restrictions; the only way to be sure is to call ahead and ask. If you encounter a hotel that doesn’t allow unattended pets in the room, ask the front desk if they can recommend a pet daycare service.

4. Make Sure Your Pet Can Be Identified

Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with the worst-case scenario of being separated from your pet while on a trip. But accidents do happen.
Both dogs and cats should wear collars and ID tags just in case, and ideally, they should have a tattoo or microchip, too. Make sure that you’re accessible at the number listed on the tag, microchip, or tattoo registry, or have someone monitor that contact number for you. Finally, take current pictures of your pet with you to make searches easier — again, just in case.

5. Pack a Pet Kit

Much like traveling with a small child, having a travel kit for your pet can make the journey smoother for everybody. Useful things to bring include familiar food, toys, treats, and a packable or no-spill water container. You should also bring current vaccination records. If you’re traveling by air or crossing international borders, you’ll also need a veterinarian’s health certificate dated within 10 days of your arrival.
Of course, all the standard ways of watching out for your pets apply during a trip, too; not leaving them in a parked car, for example, or not sending them through an airline’s cargo hold during periods of very hot weather. As long as you keep thinking proactively about ways to keep your pet happy and comfortable during your trip, you’ll have a grand time traveling together.

Contact us!

Call to schedule an appointment today at one of our four convenient Toronto locations. Ashbridges Bay Animal Hospital at (416) 915-7387, Beaches Animal Hospital at (416) 690-4040, Bloor Animal Hospital at (416) 767-5817, Downtown Animal Hospital at (416) 966-5122.

5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

Are you planning a trip with your best furry, four-legged or feathered friend? Before you go, it’s important to plan ahead and always keep their best interests in mind. Use these five tips to help ensure a safe, comfortable — and fun — journey for everybody!

1. Get Them Used to Their Carrier

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, keeping your pet appropriately restrained is safer for both them and you. In a car, larger dog breeds can be restrained by a pet-friendly seatbelt. But for airlines, your pet almost always needs a hard-sided carrier. Soft-sided pet carriers are only okay if your pet is small enough to fit under the cabin seat.
Any carrier should be big enough that your pet has enough room to stand naturally, turn around and lie down. If you’re going to be separated from your pet at all, clearly label the carrier with their name and your travel contact information.
Don’t wait to introduce the carrier or car seatbelt just before your trip: Give your pet plenty of time to get used to it beforehand by taking short trips, or by leaving the carrier in the house with the door open so your pet can wander freely in and out. Use plenty of treats, praise, and short trials to make sure your pet associates the seatbelt, carrier, or car rides with positive things.

2. Time Food and Bathroom Breaks

A little strategic scheduling will help keep your pet comfortable: Start by feeding them four to six hours before flying, so they have time to toilet and won’t have to deal with an uncomfortably full stomach during the flight.
If you’re traveling by car, keep your pet’s feeding schedule as regular as possible. Also make sure they have opportunities to toilet first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after every meal.

3. Check Ahead for Pet-Friendliness

Some hotels accept pets graciously, while others assess extra fees, and yet others may turn your pet away at the door. Some may also have specific rules like breed or size restrictions; the only way to be sure is to call ahead and ask. If you encounter a hotel that doesn’t allow unattended pets in the room, ask the front desk if they can recommend a pet daycare service.

4. Make Sure Your Pet Can Be Identified

Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with the worst-case scenario of being separated from your pet while on a trip. But accidents do happen.
Both dogs and cats should wear collars and ID tags just in case, and ideally, they should have a tattoo or microchip, too. Make sure that you’re accessible at the number listed on the tag, microchip, or tattoo registry, or have someone monitor that contact number for you. Finally, take current pictures of your pet with you to make searches easier — again, just in case.

5. Pack a Pet Kit

Much like traveling with a small child, having a travel kit for your pet can make the journey smoother for everybody. Useful things to bring include familiar food, toys, treats, and a packable or no-spill water container. You should also bring current vaccination records. If you’re traveling by air or crossing international borders, you’ll also need a veterinarian’s health certificate dated within 10 days of your arrival.
Of course, all the standard ways of watching out for your pets apply during a trip, too; not leaving them in a parked car, for example, or not sending them through an airline’s cargo hold during periods of very hot weather. As long as you keep thinking proactively about ways to keep your pet happy and comfortable during your trip, you’ll have a grand time traveling together.

Contact us!

Call to schedule an appointment today at one of our four convenient Toronto locations. Ashbridges Bay Animal Hospital at (416) 915-7387, Beaches Animal Hospital at (416) 690-4040, Bloor Animal Hospital at (416) 767-5817, Downtown Animal Hospital at (416) 966-5122.

5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

5 Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

Are you planning a trip with your best furry, four-legged or feathered friend? Before you go, it’s important to plan ahead and always keep their best interests in mind. Use these five tips to help ensure a safe, comfortable — and fun — journey for everybody!

1. Get Them Used to Their Carrier

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, keeping your pet appropriately restrained is safer for both them and you. In a car, larger dog breeds can be restrained by a pet-friendly seatbelt. But for airlines, your pet almost always needs a hard-sided carrier. Soft-sided pet carriers are only okay if your pet is small enough to fit under the cabin seat.
Any carrier should be big enough that your pet has enough room to stand naturally, turn around and lie down. If you’re going to be separated from your pet at all, clearly label the carrier with their name and your travel contact information.
Don’t wait to introduce the carrier or car seatbelt just before your trip: Give your pet plenty of time to get used to it beforehand by taking short trips, or by leaving the carrier in the house with the door open so your pet can wander freely in and out. Use plenty of treats, praise, and short trials to make sure your pet associates the seatbelt, carrier, or car rides with positive things.

2. Time Food and Bathroom Breaks

A little strategic scheduling will help keep your pet comfortable: Start by feeding them four to six hours before flying, so they have time to toilet and won’t have to deal with an uncomfortably full stomach during the flight.
If you’re traveling by car, keep your pet’s feeding schedule as regular as possible. Also make sure they have opportunities to toilet first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and after every meal.

3. Check Ahead for Pet-Friendliness

Some hotels accept pets graciously, while others assess extra fees, and yet others may turn your pet away at the door. Some may also have specific rules like breed or size restrictions; the only way to be sure is to call ahead and ask. If you encounter a hotel that doesn’t allow unattended pets in the room, ask the front desk if they can recommend a pet daycare service.

4. Make Sure Your Pet Can Be Identified

Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with the worst-case scenario of being separated from your pet while on a trip. But accidents do happen.
Both dogs and cats should wear collars and ID tags just in case, and ideally, they should have a tattoo or microchip, too. Make sure that you’re accessible at the number listed on the tag, microchip, or tattoo registry, or have someone monitor that contact number for you. Finally, take current pictures of your pet with you to make searches easier — again, just in case.

5. Pack a Pet Kit

Much like traveling with a small child, having a travel kit for your pet can make the journey smoother for everybody. Useful things to bring include familiar food, toys, treats, and a packable or no-spill water container. You should also bring current vaccination records. If you’re traveling by air or crossing international borders, you’ll also need a veterinarian’s health certificate dated within 10 days of your arrival.
Of course, all the standard ways of watching out for your pets apply during a trip, too; not leaving them in a parked car, for example, or not sending them through an airline’s cargo hold during periods of very hot weather. As long as you keep thinking proactively about ways to keep your pet happy and comfortable during your trip, you’ll have a grand time traveling together.

Contact us!

Call to schedule an appointment today at one of our four convenient Toronto locations. Ashbridges Bay Animal Hospital at (416) 915-7387, Beaches Animal Hospital at (416) 690-4040, Bloor Animal Hospital at (416) 767-5817, Downtown Animal Hospital at (416) 966-5122.

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